Evening. We’ve been recording today. Not the EP – we will get around to that though – this was the procrastination project, which I named ‘Heavy Mind Owls’ without telling anyone else. It’s the Complete for Pete project, where we record some songs that Pete noticed we hadn’t got proper recordings of. Today we did ‘Freaks R Us’ and got it more or less instantly (a first for us) to SoundCloud. Have a listen here:
For the last few years. Since we reformed after our 13 year gap to record the 13EP (SoundCloud), with Dark Moon – the missing 13th track from the first album. We’ve tried to release the new stuff we’ve done on Friday the 13th. I missed the target this year (hands up, it was me). I could probably have done it, but wasn’t paying attention. Space Cowboys Under The Sea Of Japan will be out in December. You can stream it now from SoundCloud though.
We’ve already mentioned the 13EP, before that was the long ‘hiatus’ as musicians call it, and before that was HowManyDevils1 (on SoundCloud).
Of course, after we release the 13EP on Friday the 13th, we were blatantly copied by Black Sabbath with their album called 13. I do suspect they stole all our marketing effort which is why their album charted and ours didn’t. (Surely three men in their 40’s in Yorkshire would be more popular than 4 men in their 60’s from the Midlands). We took revenge though, by making Halfway There sound a little like them…
We are very, very close to (i.e. months of tweaking mixes away from) releasing Space Cowboys Under The Sea Of Japan. Our third full length album. I thought I take a look back at the first (which is streamable on SoundCloud), HowManyDevils1 or as it was known at the time HowManyDevils. The obvious thing that has changed in the nearly 20 years that have passed is that we’ve got more imaginative with the album titles. We’ve also lost a drummer, the career path has paralleled Spinal Tap in that respect. Technology has changed: in 1998 we recorded HowManyDevils1 in an old factory in Sheffield squeezing 6 tracks out of two four-track cassette machines, in 2014 we recorded Flesh Reunion with near unlimited digital tracks on a laptop.
Have we changed musically? I’m the not the right person to answer that, listen to Flesh Reunion on SoundCloud and tell us if we’ve changed! I’ll have to ask the others about their influences then and now. I know at the time the significant bands to me were Nirvana, Manic Street Preachers, Mansun, Placebo, and a little bit of Nine Inch Nails snuck in. Simon was probably listening to Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, and Babes In Toyland. From a 90’s point of view I know Pete was in to Pearl Jam, but Pete always had broader tastes that just what was happening at the time.
Flesh Reunion is available on Soundcloud now, so you can (and should) stream it for free. It’s on iTunes (UK, US) and Amazon (UK, US) still, if you want to spend money on it. And Spotify for the middle ground between those.
We’re really busy working on new stuff (and intending to have less of a wait before releasing this time), so do keep watching this space.
For now, here’s the hold music:
Another Friday the 13th. Another excuse to mention our 13ep – which is available for free (via SoundCloud) from http://www.howmanydevils.com/13ep/
We recorded this at the end of
last year 2012, without ever being in the same room as each other. It was the 13th anniversary of us having split up and we decided that was a good excuse to do something again. Something being recording one of the old songs – Dark Moon – that we never got around to the first time around. We enjoyed it so much we reformed properly and started work on Flesh Reunion, with all new material. We’re still working on Flesh Reunion, but it’s getting closer…
Here it is, 13 years not in the making, Dark Moon. Pete, Simon, Rob, and technology (Stumpy Boxhead) have finally recorded the 13th track for the album HowManyDevils. That track is Dark Moon which is here in its’ Legacy version on the 13 EP, along with some remixes.
Fittingly for a Dark Rock band the release date is Friday, 13th of January 2012.
Free downloads from the HowManyDevils website at http://www.howmanydevils.com/13ep
Simon has added vocals now, so we have all the source material for the legacy version, and at least one other mix. I think He & I are both likely to add a bit more before we’re done.